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Dr John La Puma

Food & Nature as Medicine, Too

Dr. John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for culinary medicine and nature as part of your personal medical health, and an internationally recognized expert in nutrition and well-being. Dr La Puma is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef, and an urban organic farmer. He is also a New York Times best-selling author twice, has lectured on culinary medicine at TEDMED and TEDx, and on ecomedicine and nature therapy at the University of Chicago and Harvard University,

Dr. John believes that both food and nature are information for the body and the brain. The right foods, beverages, outdoor activities, and nature-based solutions can help you reboot your brain and your health. Both food and nature are restorative, powerful, underutilized therapeutic tools in medicine.

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5 Easy Hacks to Supercharge Your Mental Health Walk

We can all agree the last couple of years have been stressful. In fact, anxiety levels are up over 25% since 2019. As with many conditions, nature can help heal our anxiety. That’s why my team and I set out to create a free program for anxiety. It includes a

5 Nature Places You Need to Check Out This Month

Want to make this month the best one yet? Instead of adding more tasks to your to-do list or more events to your calendar, add more nature to your life. Nature holds a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional health benefits and while there are plenty of studies to support

This Natural Anxiety Remedy is a Must For These Influencers

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or frustrated, you should turn to nature. Yet so few of us actually do. Instead, we turn to social media, food, work, Netflix, and everything which hinders our connection with nature and ourselves. How would you feel if you replaced one hour of Netflix with

Try This Easy 5 Step Lavender-infused Honey Recipe

Lavender and honey not only make life sweet, they also can improve your physical and mental health. From helping improve your immune system to regulating blood sugar levels to improving your quality of sleep, these two have a lot to offer. So why not combine them into a lavender-infused honey

The Anxiety Cure Top Medical Experts Are Raving About

Nature has the power to heal. It’s an innate truth many of us know, but one which is hard to practice in the modern world. So many of us work in front of computer screens and then leave work, only to scroll socials or watch Netflix. In fact, Americans spend

Your Brain on Nature: How Time Outside Transforms Your Prefrontal Cortex

Have you ever spent an entire afternoon inside scrolling on TikTok? Afterwards, you probably feel tired, disoriented, and had trouble focusing. These feelings are technology fatigue and it’s not harmless–it has serious side effects to the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for many cognitive functions. It allows you

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Dr. John is the author or co-author of seven books. Several are used as textbooks at great academic institutions worldwide, and three have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Most recently, he writes and speaks about how to use meals to lower cholesterol and control diabetes, and about how the power to opt outside can improve your medical health.



While Dr. John did not invent food as medicine, he pioneered and popularized culinary medicine in a popular culinary medicine book, and on national cable and network television as ChefMD®.  His invited presentations often include cooking demonstrations, culinary insights, and medicinal plants and herbs.



Dr. John is board-certified in internal medicine. He writes both recipes and pharmaceuticals on prescription slips.  He also advocates for health related causes, including food security, pollinator protection and animal adoption and welfare.

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